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A Trump Voter Is Likely Losing Her Husband To Deportation

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Helen Beristain is having a bit of voter’s remorse. The Indianan was all in on her vote for President Trump back in November. Now, her undocumented husband, Roberto, who owns a restaurant in northern Indiana, is up for deportation and she can’t believe it.

Roberto Beristain is facing deportation from the U.S. and his wife Helen, who voted for President Trump, can’t believe it.


“Trump did say the good people would not be deported, the good people would be checked,” Helen Beristain told Indiana Public Media. Helen Beristain admitted to IPM that she voted for Trump specifically because she agreed with his hard line stance on illegal immigration.

According to WTIU, Roberto’s detention took place in February during a check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Indianapolis.


Roberto, who entered the U.S. illegally in 1998, was detained by immigration officials during his check-in due to an incident that took place in 2000. Helen and Roberto were on a road trip to Niagara Falls when, according to WTIU, they accidentally crossed into Canada. Roberto was detained in Canada because he did not have the proper documentation.

ICE gave WTIU a statement about Roberto’s case. They said he was given a voluntary departure date after he accidentally crossed into Canada without proper documentation, which he ignored.

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Helen Beristain was pregnant at the time and instead of following the voluntary departure order, he chose to stay in the U.S. to be with his wife and growing family. That decision would ultimately lead the family to the problems they are facing today. With the detention of Roberto in Konesha, Wis., the family is struggling to maintain Eddies Steak Shed, a restaurant owned by the Granger, Indiana resident.

Roberto’s family is trying everything they can to keep him in the country, including a petition on change.org.


“Roberto has been married to Helen for 17 years and they have 3 children. Maria (15), Jasmine (14) and Demetri (8) all U.S. citizens. He also has a stepson, Phil Kolliopoulos (wife Ashley), and is a (step) grandfather to Kolten Kolliopoulos,” Roberto’s stepson, Phil Kolliopoulos, wrote on the petition. “Roberto has always been a family oriented father. Trying to explain to the kids why this is happening to their father is not an easy thing to do.”

The community, including the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, have come to support Roberto to save him from deportation.


“Meeting with his family and friends at his business, Eddie’s Steak Shed, in the town of Granger, I am struck by many things: the tenderness of his wife’s love for him, the innocence of his four American children (especially the teenage daughters who are now being taunted at school over his case), the loyalty of his 20 employees, and the pride and affection of his gathered friends and acquaintances as they rally to show their support,” Mayor Pete Buttigieg told Indiana Public Media.

Mayor Buttigieg continued: “But most striking of all is how many of the people now sticking up for Roberto are politically conservative. These are small-town Indiana residents, veterans and grandparents who come to his restaurant after Mass or Rotary. They vigorously defend him as a man they are proud to call a friend. And the more I think about it, the more clearly it is consistent with their conservative values that they stand up for Roberto.”

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READ: L.A., Home To More Than 1M Undocumented Immigrants, Is Preparing For Trump’s Threat Of Deportations With New Fund

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ICE Raids Home In Chicago And Ends Up Shooting A Legal Resident

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ICE Raids Home In Chicago And Ends Up Shooting A Legal Resident

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Details of a shooting in Chicago are still emerging today as Felix Torres, a 53-year-old legal resident of the U.S., was shot in the arm by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as they were serving a warrant in the early hours of Monday morning. Torres’ current condition as a result of the shooting has been described as “serious.”

The Chicago Sun Times reports that ICE was at Felix Torres’ home to arrest his son, a 23-year-old “U.S.-born resident.”

ICE officials initially reported that the 53-year-old man pulled a gun as they were arresting his son, leading to the shooting. The family’s attorney, Thomas Hallock, said the man alleged to have pulled a gun does have a valid license to own a gun, but his family insists he didn’t have a gun during the raid and doesn’t even own one at the moment.

According to NBC Chicago, the shooting victim’s daughter, Carmen Torres, said, “My dad doesn’t have any guns, my dad just went to see what’s going on. He just opened the door and they just shot him.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, the 23-year-old son is currently facing a felony gun possession charge, but the charge is under the jurisdiction of the Chicago’s Cook County court, not ICE officials.

The family’s attorney has questioned why ICE was even at the home in the first place, as the family has legal residence in the U.S. Hallock told multiple sources, “I don’t know that they had a warrant, but they certainly made forced entry into the house.” Adding, “I don’t know if there was some sort of mistake here or what, but it’s all pretty bizarre.”

The incident is currently under review by ICE agents, who released a statement following the events.

“Any time an ICE officer or special agent discharges their firearm in the line of duty, the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility reviews the matter.” ICE’s statement then closed the matter publicly for now, saying, “Due to this ongoing review, no further details will be released at this time.”

According to the Washington Post, ICE has not yet said what their official business at the home was.

The family’s attorney is also saying little on the matter, as the issue is still being investigated by all sides.

Felix Torres came to the U.S. from Mexico more than 20 years ago with his wife. Both are legal residents of the U.S., leading the attorney to again question ICE’s motives, according to the Chicago Sun Times: “How ICE is involved in this, I still can’t figure out. How hard is it to pull up their database and see this man and his family are citizens?”

The family’s attorney did say he expects Torres to face “criminal charges.”

READ: ICE Has Released Their First Weekly List Of Crimes Committed By Undocumented People

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